What is the best way to catch stingrays?

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  1. Flurp

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    A friend of mine got stung. We want revenge.

    Any tips on rig, bait, location, and recipes would be appreciated!
     
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    sandy beach. dead fish or squid. weight and hook. cast. wait. reel in ray. repeat.
     
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    A fishing license helps too
     
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    would a c rig work? And what kind of hooks?
     
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    C rig is pretty standard for smaller ones, yeah. Circle hooks are my preference for most bait-and-wait situations but you can use a J, long shank, treble. Rays aren't picky. Don't forget to chum
     
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    people catch stingrays on purpose???
     
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    they do when they’re as petty as I am. Also I hear they taste really good, kind of like somewhere between lobster and scallop
     
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    i've had bat ray once and it was all right, but never thought to eat their mean little cousins.
    maybe soak some bait, start a bonfire, then roast them as you catch them.
     
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    that sounds like a great evening! It didn’t even occur to me to check to see if they’re nocturnal.
     
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    They eat hard in the dark. Cannonball rig is a classic for the large ish ones...
     
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    You will 100% catch more of them at night vs. day, at least in my experience.
     
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    Report back on how "tasty" they are:emoji_wink:
     
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    I don't find rays to be picky eaters. Squid or a fillet of mackerel is all you'd need for bait. You may run into sharks as bycatch.

    Good luck.
     
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    squid on hook
     
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    Night, sandy beach, make sure you are using a rig that the hook can touch the bottom, cast, then slowly reel in.
    Most stingrays I caught were at night, and about half were (foul) hooked on the back.
    At night they are much closer to the shore and there are lots of them. If you wade in the water to knee deep, standstill for a couple minutes with light off, then turn on the light, good chance you will see some within 10 feet.
     
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    Yes but it will roll a lot which may not be ideal, I would prefer a reverse dropper loop myself if I needed to get a bait closer to the floor.
     
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    Uhhhh I don't think I would say that...like at all, if someone thinks they do then I question the quality of the scallop that they consume. I used to think like this until I started eating better quality food and now I have no idea what I was thinking.

    Now, with that said, I have had it multiple times and I liked it, but that could have just been the way it was cooked. Google for recipes, they will most likely be spicy asian recipes as that's been the only way I've had it and heard of it cooked.
     
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    Could you explain reverse dropper loop?
     
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    I make the loop shorter so the "tag" line starts closer to the floor, vice having the weight on the tag line and having the starting point for the hook being higher. I use a pyramid, circle, cannonball, torpedo or pear weight which lend themselves to being more stable. In the case of the dropper loop, your line will be tight which will keep the hook higher away from the floor, with the reverse dropper loop the tight line ends at your weight which lets your bait move more freely and get closer to the floor....in theory.
    Here is a horrible picture. This is obviously not to scale but I think it get's the point across
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    One thing I notice when fishing with a buddy.... He dead sticks more than I do, and catches a lot more sting rays... I pretty much keep my bait on a slow retrieve, while he will pause more, and catch more rays... Both of us using pretty much identical c-rig setups and bait...
    Butch
     
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